Family Communication 1/11/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this email finds you well and that you are having a good week!

I wanted to share some important information with you regarding one of our Holy Rosary staff members, and important member of our Holy Rosary community. You may be aware that Mrs. Harris has been gone since the Christmas vacation. We would like to share with you that Mrs. Harris has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Mrs. Harris is working hard to rest and take care of herself during treatments and we’ve been lucky to visit with and speak with her often. We’ve also been lucky to have some wonderful substitutes in during her absence. I’ll keep you posted if more information becomes available, but in the meantime I’d ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers these coming days. If you’d like to drop off any cards or messages for her at the school, we will certainly make sure she gets them.

I hope to see you at Parents Club tonight- they have a wonderful guest speaker coming in to talk about listening to our kids with empathy. I’ll also be up in the library prior to Parents Club at 6:00 p.m. to offer a short presentation on our tuition numbers for next year, for those who would like more information.

Have a wonderful rest of the week,



School Sickness Policy

There have been a lot of absences this week due to illness. To minimize the spread of sickness please review our sick policy:

A child should be kept home from school in the following situations:

  • A temperature over 100°F (must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Motrin or Tylenol before returning to school).
  • Vomiting or diarrhea during the night or in the morning (child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode).
Reporting absences

In addition to notifying your child’s teacher of absences, please let the front office know too. Thank you.

January 12 Noon Dismissal

There is a noon dismissal tomorrow to celebrate the Magazine Drive participation. BASE will be open.

No Hot Lunch

Hot lunch will NOT be available on January 31, Grandparent’s Day. Please be sure to pack a lunch for your child that day.

Lost and Found

Please check the Lost and Found table in the main hallway before tomorrow. Everything will be donated tomorrow at noon.

Champions of Holy Rosary School Award

Last year we changed the Distinguished Alumni Award, awarded during Catholic Schools week, to the Champions of Holy Rosary School Award to honor the unique and outstanding contributions individuals make to make Holy Rosary School the amazing place it is. Last year’s recipient was Todd Waltier.

It’s time for this year’s nominations! Do you know of an individual you believe has made an outstanding difference in our school community? This could be an alumni, citizen, current school family, or community member! We are accepting nominations until January 15. Please send nominations, along with a brief summary of the individual’s contributions and why you feel he/she is a Champion of Holy Rosary School to Jennifer Kokkonis ( by January 15.


  • January 12 – Noon Dismissal Magazine Drive Reward – BASE open
  • January 15 – Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday (no school) – BASE CLOSED
  • January 28 – Start of Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • January 31 – Grandparent’s Day
  • February 9 – Kindergarten testing (no school for kindergarten)
  • February 24 – Crab feed dinner
  • March 7 – School play 7:00 p.m.
  • March 8 – School play 7:00 p.m.
  • March 16 – Deanery Curriculum Day – no school – BASE Open


Check Your Email On January 15 For The Link To Re-Enroll For 2018-2019

Re-enrollment runs January 15-January 31.  A link to re-enrollment will be sent out to families on Monday, January 15. Current families will be asked to add new preschool and incoming kindergarten students to their re-enrollment.  All families will be asked to select a tuition plan. Any questions can be directed to Jennifer Kokkonis,

Parent Volunteers And Eighth Grade Tour Guides Needed!  Sign Up Here.

On Sunday, January 28, after the 10:30 Mass until 1:30, we will have our last preschool-eighth grade Open House of the year.  All families are welcome to the Open House as we showcase current student projects. We are in need of parent volunteers (set-up and check-in) and eighth grade tour guides. Sign-up for the event here.

Accepting Financial Aid Applications

The deadline for Holy Rosary School aid is January 31. Click here to sign-in/or create an account to begin the application. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at


Development Directives

The GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS LUNCH will be Wednesday, January 31. There are some changes this year:

  • The entertainment program will start in the church at 11:30, doors open at 11.
  • Grandparents/Special Friends will proceed at noon to the School Hall or Lanigan Gym for lunch.
  • Students will get to eat with their Grandparents/Special Friends.
  • Lunch provided for Grandparents/Special Friends ONLY. All students will need to bring a lunch, as there will NOT be hot lunch service that day.
  • Due to space constraints there will NOT be a book fair this year.
  • Volunteers are needed please sign up here.

Time to get those AUCTION ITEMS in. A reminder that each family is responsible for procuring an auction item valued at $175 or making a cash donation of $175 to Holy Rosary. If you choose to donate cash, then the auction committee will combine funds to purchase unique items and experiences.


  • Date:  April 21
  • Location:  Brockey Center, South Seattle College
  • Information:  check out the auction page here.
  • Donate An Item:  HERE
  • Donate Cash:  HERE

All donations must be entered by Wednesday, January 31 and dropped off at the school by Wednesday, February 28.

Parent’s Club Meeting Tonight – Social Hour 6:30 , Program Begins At 7

The Power of Empathy with Sura Hart. Sura is the author of Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids. Come experience the power of empathy to create connection with your children and to inspire mutual respect and co-operation in your family. You can turn power struggles and conflict into care and co-operation. It’s easier than you think.

Animal Spirit Day

On the Friday of Catholic School’s Week – February 2 – in order to celebrate our students we will be having an animal spirit day! We’re not kitten around; it’s going to be toadally fun! Students can wear anything animal related:  animal shirts, animal prints, fuzzy sweaters, animal hats/ears, animal costumes. The animals can be from the safari or forest, under the sea or in the sky, from the desert or Arctic, or even one you’d find at home. Leadership elective will be hosting the spirit assembly starting at 9:30, so come to school prepared to cheer on your fellow animal friends. Thanks, and looking forward to all of the great school spirit!


CYO Celebration

St. Joseph in Seattle is hosting a Mass and dinner on Friday, January 19 to celebrate CYO athletes. We wanted to extend this invitation to your athletes and families as well. We are looking forward to an evening of fellowship between communities. Athletes are invited to wear a sport uniform or other school/parish logo clothing. Please RSVP to Robby Hayes (St. Joseph Athletic Director) at by Tuesday, January 16 with the number of guests and any dietary restrictions. Thank you!

CYO Volleyball

Registration for CYO volleyball is open for boys and girls in grades 4-11. The registration deadline is January 16. Please use this link to register. Although the form asks for the student’s age in the fall, we are looking for their current grade. Please contact Katherine Gudgel at with any questions. We are also looking for someone to take over coordinating volleyball after this year. Contact Katherine Gudgel or Lisa Quinn.

Coding With Kids

Coding With Kids winter registration is live. Registration and class information is here.

Save the Date for the Father/Daughter Glow Bowl On April 27

Father/Daughter Glow Bowl on Friday, April 27 at West Seattle Bowl! All fathers and daughters welcome! Registration coming soon.


Social Justice – Observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:
  • Join us today in the fight against human trafficking. Learn a few ideas to consider by visiting
  • Our Faith in Action Orientation & Retreat is Saturday, January 27 from 10-2:30 at Our Lady of Guadalupe. RSVP by January 22 to
  • Catholic Advocacy Day is February 21 in Olympia. Online registration is open at For questions, call 206-223-1138 or email
  • For updated messages from the Pope and news from the Vatican, visit
Opportunities for Adults!

Here are some upcoming ways to grow in your faith:

Sunday School for Grown-ups offers adult-level insights into our faith on the first and third Sundays of each month between the morning Masses (about 9:30-10:20). Our next couple topics will be:

  • January 21 – What the Church Teaches on Life and Why with Karen Robel
  • Bible Study! We’ll be starting a new study on the book of Exodus soon! Our current group meets on Wednesday mornings after the morning Mass, starting about 9:45. The next session will be January 10. If you would like to join the Wednesday morning group, or if you would like to join a group at a different time, please contact Robert King
  • The Question Box is back! Ask any question you’d like, and drop it in one of the Question Boxes at the entrances to the Church. We’ll answer them in a series of evening sessions through the winter and spring. Our next session will be on Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be What is Catholic Social Teaching all about?

If you would like more information, or if you have any suggestions to make, please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203.


Marriage Enrichment At Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Monday nights on January 22, 28, February 5, and 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – 7000 35th Avenue SW.

  • Presenter: Robert Fontana (licensed marriage therapist, associate)
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Location: Parish Center Basement Hall. Childcare available upon request.
  • Cost: $50 per couple. To register, send names, cell number, address, email and fee to:  CLM, 1827 NE 58th St. Apt B, Seattle, 98105 or email this information to and pay online at
Private Violin Lessons

Take private violin lessons with Signature Violin Studios in West Seattle! We train in the Suzuki method. Your first lesson is FREE! Contact Claire Braby ( for more information or visit

A Child Becomes Art Workshop

Upcoming Art Workshops for Tweens and Teens – A Child Becomes is hosting a series of sessions in graphic design led by professional artist, Sean Williams. Each session meets three evenings and focuses on a different aspect of graphic design: Lettering/Fonts and Illustrations and Comics. This series of workshops is geared towards kids who are 9+ and interested in exploring graphic design techniques in a fun and creative atmosphere. The next session, Creative Lettering, Fonts and Graphics, begins Monday, January 15. Visit our website here to sign up.